UPDATE JULY 12: A groundbreaking for the new Sephora warehouse took place Thursday.
Sephora plans to build a 714,000-square-foot warehouse in North Las Vegas with it set to open in 2019.
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved the beauty and makeup retailer's requested economic development package Thursday.
Sephora now plans to finalize its lease negotiation for a 714,000-square-foot facility on 45 acres at Tropical Distribution Center in North Las Vegas, marking the latest major employer to set up operations within the masterplan industrial park.
Located on 120 acres in North Las Vegas near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tropical Distribution Center will soon be home to Sephora’s new 714,000-square-foot fulfillment and distribution facility, located adjacent to Amazon’s recently announced 2.4 million-square-foot fulfillment center. Both facilities, as well as the associated site work and adjacent public roadways, are being developed by VanTrust Real Estate.
Once completed in May 2019, Sephora’s facility will create up to 400 projected new jobs with the intention of filling nearly all positions with Nevada residents. As part of its hiring efforts, Sephora also plans to partner with the regional workforce centers to find qualified employees who may be disabled or veterans.
According to the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, the Sephora warehouse could actually bring as many as 460 jobs to the area.
Sephora’s facility will consist of a distribution center for retail locations and e-commerce fulfillment center with direct shipping to consumers, totaling 694,000 square feet, as well as an attached 20,000-square-foot, single-story office. The distribution center would ship products to stores and customers located in 11 Western states.
The industrial portion will require high-quality design and construction to support the building’s state-of-the-art automation and robotic systems. The office space will reflect the company’s luxury brand with high-end finishes and will include amenities for employees such as spacious common areas and outdoor seating.
Sephora currently has nine retail locations around Southern Nevada, including standalone stores at Downtown Summerlin, Miracle Mile, The Venetian, The Forum Shops, Fashion Show and Town Square. There are also Sephora locations inside JCPenney's at Grand Canyon Parkway, Meadows Shopping Center and Galleria Mall.
Sephora is not the only retailer bringing more jobs to the Las Vegas valley.
According to the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Caremark, KRS Global Biotechnology, Inc., Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 3PEA International, Pictographics, Alpha Guardian, Cannae Holdings, Inc. and Fortress Innovations are expected to bring another 1,300 jobs to the area in the next five years.